Washington Redskins: 15 best first-round draft picks of all time

Trent Williams, Washington Redskins. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Art Monk, Washington Redskins
Art Monk, Washington Redskins. (Photo by Marc Squire/Getty Images) /

Widely regarded as one of the best wide receivers in Washington history, Art Monk left an undeniable mark on the franchise, permanently cementing reliability as a coveted trait from any wide receiver. The standard that Monk set at the receiver position, in terms of consistency, has yet to be matched by another Redskins player.

After being drafted No. 18 overall by Washington, Monk immediately became the premier weapon for Joe Theismann and company. He broke the NFL record for receptions in a season with 106 in 1984, and after that year, he would break 1,000 yards receiving four more times.

Over his 14 years with the Redskins, Monk totaled 888 receptions, 12,026 yards, and 65 touchdowns through the air. He went to the Pro Bowl three times, but accolades alone aren’t enough. He also went to the Super Bowl four times with Joe Gibbs, winning three of those matchups.

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Monk’s career was great enough for his No. 81 to become unofficially retired by the Redskins, and in 2008, along with teammate Darrell Green, Monk was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Monk had the individual accomplishments, and he had the rings to back them up. You can’t ask for much more from a first-round pick.